Falling with Style: The Story of Finnish Ski Jumper Matti Nykänen

The five-time Olympic medal winner who was also a troubled alcoholic

Black and white photo of Finnish ski jumper Matti Nykänen in flight. Photo from March 1983, no background.
Finnish ski jumper Matti Nykänen jumping in Lahti, Finland, March 1983. Image: Finna (CC license).

To quote Buzz Lightyear, ski jumping isn’t flying; it’s falling, with style. Points are awarded not only for jump distance but also for style and technique. Finn Matti Nykänen — the greatest ski jumper of all time* — made this objectively…

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Chloe Wells

Chloe Wells

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True crime and strange tales mostly. Top writer for the tag ‘Finland’.